Alleged con artist arrested in Pretoria

By Drum Digital
16 October 2012

Police in Lyttelton, Pretoria, have arrested a man linked to alleged fraudulent activities of more than R300,000 involving "piracy", according to a report on Tuesday.

More than 60 people all over the country were conned out of more than R5000 each in a recruitment campaign to employ security specialists in the battle against maritime piracy.

A charge was laid against the 50-year-old man, after he falsely recruited former policemen and soldiers for a contract to combat piracy, Beeld reported.

More than 100 operatives were apparently necessary for the contract.

According to national police spokesman Colonel Tummi Shai, the man was arrested last week on an unrelated connection with malicious damage to property.

The owner of the property, which was being rented to the man, laid the charge.

Police found subsequently that he was also wanted in connection with alleged fraud, and that there was an outstanding arrest warrant for him in Polokwane.

The man was scheduled to appear in the Pretoria District Court on Friday, Shai said.

The fraud charges only surfaced recently, after job applicants for the piracy contract had waited in vain to hear from the man, to whom they had transferred substantial bank payments.

None of the applicants were ever placed, and when police started investigating the matter, they found only R59 in his account.

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